Genre Guesstimation – Dead Snow (2009)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Darren of Movie Reviews 101 and it is Zombie Films

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Zombie Films.

“We should have gone to the beach like I told you.” – Roy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A group of friends go on a trip to a secluded cabin in the woods and encounter strange creatures who look like un-dead Nazis

My Take on it – When attempting to try and find some obscure Zombie films, I came across this one and I must now admit that I’m not really sure if this film truly fits the genre.

yes, there are un-dead Nazi’s that look like Zombies, yet they don’t act like typical movie Zombies and are more related to characters in a slasher film than in a Zombie movie.

As many of you are already aware, I’m not the biggest fan of horror films per se, and slasher films are also among the kind of films I usually try to ignore and this film fits into that category very easily.

This film follows many of the typical slasher film “rules” (see Scream (1996) for an explanation) and generally lacks the kind of danger and urgency of a zombie film because the un-dead character seem to actually think before they act.

I can completely understand why they would choose to use un-dead Nazi’s in this film and the concept is definitely unique, but it feels too often as if they are just a typical horror film gimmick instead of a real way to try and improve a typical teenage/college slasher flick.

As I said earlier, the concept is definitely unique yet the way it is presented just doesn’t work as well as one would hope that it would.

Bottom Line – Very interesting idea to meld a story of the un-dead with one that seems like a typical slasher flick. The story doesn’t give us much besides murder and mayhem and they follow so many of the rules set for a slasher film.  I can understand why they would choose to use un-Dead Nazi zombies, but it seems much more like a gimmick here than a real improvement on the typical teenage slasher theme.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Nazi zombies in this film are a combination of typical zombies in popular culture and ancient Norse mythical beings known as draug. A draug is a undead being who would inhabit graves, often the graves of important men, as they often had treasures in them. A draug would protect these treasures as if they were their own.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really, interesting concept yet doesn’t work as well as one would hope.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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